"Weather Call"
Marine One, the Presidential helicopter, lands on the White House South Lawn.
November 22nd, 2011
09:58 AM ET

"Weather Call"

In White House speak; a “weather call” is an official determination if it is safe for the President to fly on Marine One or Air Force One during adverse weather conditions.  Heavy rain, sleet, snow, lightning, and most often dense fog can ground the specially equipped Presidential aircraft.  A “weather call” is a thumb up or thumb down decision based on the current weather conditions and the safety of using aircraft to transport the President and White House staff.

One rule of thumb at the White House, if officials cannot see the tip of the Washington Monument from the White House, Marine One will not land or take off from the South Lawn.  The President is usually forced to take a lengthy motorcade ride to his destination.

Topics: AF1 • Marine One • WH Words

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